M – Fritz Lang

Ranking amongst the greatest of films ever made, Lang uses M as a means to explore the very state in which he resided for the majority of his early film-making career. M and Fritz Lang has been celebrated through the ages as pioneers and rightly so.

Through the Olive Trees – Abbas Kiarostami

For anyone interested in foreign film and expanding their film palette, Abbas Kiarostami is a director to constantly keep your eye out for. Through the Olive Trees marks the director at his best creating a faux-documentary inside a faux-documentary that ends with one of the iconic shots of cinema.

Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s genre-ridden film manages to defy expectations and its own imposed genre-references to demonstrate the workings of a clever film-maker. Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent all play incidental cat-and-mouse putting in some stellar performances along the way.

The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

Terrence Malick returns with a sumptuously filmed study on family, life and everything in-between. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain star as the couple whose role in bringing up their children is compared to life thereafter. A breathtaking film of almost infinite proportions.

The Wonder of Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky, a name not immediately recognisable for most people, was a film director, scriptwriter and film editor. He is regarded as one of Russia’s most influential directors, with all seven of his feature films considered masterpieces in their own right.